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Genderqueer — Neither Male Nor Female But An Androgynous Hybrid Or Rejection Of Both



Genderqueer. I'd never heard that term before, but there's lots I've yet to learn.

The newish word is for members who describe themselves in terms such as agender, bigender, third gender or gender-fluid are requesting — and sometimes finding — linguistic recognition. At least that's what they're talking about at Mills College in California.

Yahoo News reports:

The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them — she, he or something else.

It's an exercise that might seem superfluous given that Mills, a small and leafy liberal arts school historically referred to as the Vassar of the West, only admits women as undergraduates. Yet increasingly, the "shes" and "hers" that dominate the introductions are keeping third-person company with "they," ''ze" and other neutral alternatives meant to convey a more generous notion of gender.

I actually think this is kind of cool, but at the same time a bit confusing. But then again, try to explain long division or the mating rituals of the American Prairie chicken and you'd loose a lot of people along the way too.

So suffice to say that today, the progressive thinking when it comes to pronouns is to let the individual choose what is most certainly not a selected choice for them -- their sexuality. Everybody is what they are, and that's how they should be referred to.

Take Bradley/Chelsea Manning as an example. We knew him as he. He knew himself as she. Now technically and correctly, she is a she. Unless of course, Manning should prefer to be called by the newer term, "ze."

That's right. Ze. Along with that one, students at Mills are allowed to assign themselves their preferred gender pronouns, known as PGPs. Becoming more and more familiar are such ones as ''sie," ''e," ''ou" and "ve." These have become an accepted practice for professors, dorm advisers, club sponsors, workshop leaders and health care providers at several schools.

So, please do everyone a favor. If you have a preference, feel free to make it known up front. Don't let us call you, her or him if you prefer another term. But also, don't take offense if it takes us a bit of getting used to. I think there are a lot of people like myself who, by the way is a he or him, and I'll stick with that for the time being, who will need a bit of time for the adjustment.


Kids Today Are Just Plain Lazy -- Congressman Steve King


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Recently Steve King, the outspoken expert on everything but logic, common sense and the need for a three dollar coin, has spoken publicly about unemployment. His full speech is here.

King takes the stage at :40 of this clip and clammers on for way too long, doing little more than criticizing youth for not trying to find work, for being lazy and just not putting in any effort. If you don't have time to watch, let me give you the gist of it from the reporting done by HuffPo:

At a meeting in Charleston organized by Mallory Factor, King attributed rampant unemployment to many Americans' unwillingness to work, drawing an analogy between the unemployed and lazy children, according to Red Alert Politics.


"Now, what kind of a family, if you had six kids and a third of your kids would say, ‘I’m not doing the chores, Mom’? If any of them say, ‘I refuse, I’m not going to participate, I’m not going to contribute to the American GDP.’ Pretty soon those kids [would understand] 'you get to eat after you do the work! Not just in hopes that one day you might actually do the work!" said the congressman.

Well, Congressman King has it pretty much figured out (if you can follow his twisted logic in that second paragraph above). It's laziness that's the cause of so many legal age youth not working. It's become a lifestyle, laziness. Like it's fun being unemployed. A choice. I wish someone had told my son that. Here, is the Facebook post he put up yesterday addressing his personal search for work. See if you agree with Congressman King or with Zack Garber after reading this Facebook post.

Zack Garber:

So, interesting turn of events. As many of you who are just out of college, you're looking for employment, well I am too. I've been looking ever since I graduated with a Bachelors degree from CSUN and I've noticed a pattern.I had come to expect to contact people, set up a meeting, provide a resume, perhaps fill out an application, call back a few days later to check up on things, and be interviewed, right? That's how its done, isn't it? Well it seems I'm perhaps wrong. Everyone I've contacted, from big businesses to fast food chains for employment have all told me the same thing: "Go to our website, fill out an application, and we will get back to you" To which I would reply "But it says you're looking for people NOW on the sign outside"

So, my resume and application are to be sent to an online database where it is to be lost forever among the sea of others, or to be perhaps randomly cherry picked for further observation. By this method I wasn't even granted the kindness of a rejection email, I've a feeling it was never even noticed to begin with which is perhaps even MORE disappointing.So why am I writing this? Well I recently got hired, and the feeling was so...relieving.

After months of traveling to every business within 20 miles phone calls and application filling, with perhaps FOUR callbacks for rejection, I was hired. Is it my dream job? No, but at least I'll be able to pay my car lease.

How can it be that job hunting has become so...impersonal that the miracle of actually speaking to a living being can make you feel so human again and drove me to actually write about it on Facebook?

Maybe if Congressman King had a real job, not one that gives him one day off for each day worked, and he actually was held responsible for impressing an employer to give hard earned wages to one of hundreds, if not thousands of applicants, he'd be singing a different tune.

Now's the time for congress to act on jobs. My son just got lucky. And for how long? Nobody knows, because his job is part-time. But he and millions of other college graduates are out there looking.  They're just not finding. So put your money where your mouth is, Steve. Present opportunities to find work, not to listen to you tear them down as you flap your gums, accusing youth of being lazy. I've watch a good young man struggle for months to take any job and he finally made it. Instead of condemning his efforts to contribute to the GNP and employment numbers, look at your own weak track record. You've not earned the right to criticize.

BTW, Zack's thrilled parents wish him luck as he starts his post graduation entry into the workforce, Friday.